MADE WITH DIFFERENT GRAPES
Red wines are made with red grapes but white wines are made with white grapes! Pinot Noir (a black grape), Pinot Gris (a pinkish-gray grape) and Pinot Blanc (a white grape) all share the same DNA.
MADE USING DIFFERENT PARTS OF THE GRAPE
After the grapes are picked and head to the cellar for winemaking, different processes are used to make red wine versus to make white wine. Red wines are fermented with the grape skins and seeds and white wines are not; all the colour in red wine comes from the skins and seeds of the grapes.
MADE WITH DIFFERENT WINE MAKING METHODS
Red wines are loved for their soft, rich, and velvety flavours, whereas white wines are loved for their zesty acidity, floral aromas, and pure fruit notes. To achieve these results, winemakers enlist two very different methods of winemaking. The largest difference between red winemaking and white winemaking is the oxidation that causes the wines to lose their floral and fruit notes in exchange for rich, nutty flavours and more smoothness. To increase oxygen, winemakers use oak barrels because they breathe and allow the wine to ingress oxygen. To reduce the exposure to oxygen, winemakers use stainless steel tanks, which ensures that wines retain their fruitiness and flower flavours.